Facebook is a closed shop

Florian Cramer fragte auf der Mailingliste nettime-l, ob Facebook Mailinglisten überholt habe, insbesondere Nettime? Seit zwei Jahren bemerke er, daß User in soziale Netzwerke abwanderten, auch im wissenschaftlichen, künstlerischen und netzaktivistischen Bereich, aber niemand rede darüber. Er fragte deshalb, ob es an der Zeit sei, „etwas wie Facebook“ zu schaffen, eine ähnliche Plattform also, die aber dezentralisiert wäre, die kein Data Mining betriebe und die den Nutzern selbst gehörte? Meine Ansicht hierzu wurde am 23. und am 25. September 2009 auf nettime-l veröffentlicht:

[…] Facebook is a closed shop. If you don’t join Facebook you’re cut off from everything that happens inside. That would be a strange place for a list discussing net culture, wouldn’t it?

[…] no new medium has ever made older ones completely go away, see print vs. radio vs. cinema vs. television, and mailinglists vs. blogs vs. twitter vs. internet fora, community wikis, etc. …

[…] Confer, e.g., Twitter to Identi.ca/status.net for micro-blogging. Both services are growing fast, but as far as I can see, the most active users are drifting towards the commercial Twitter, at least among my followers. Many are on both platforms, as crossposting is easy. But I wonder, too, how long it will take for Twitter to take the whole market …

BTW, there already is a way to read nettime-l via NNTP, as well as in a blog-like interface, viz. over gmane.org.[1][2]

So it’s not necessarily mailinglist vs. something_that_can_be_displayed_in_your_browser. E.g., many users relay their twitter accounts to Facebook. So, it’s rather the same content distributed in different ways, running parallel next to each other.